Mango consumption in the United States has grown considerably in the last 16 years. In 2021, the country imported 532,800 tons worth 738 million dollars, i.e. 115% more volume, and 181% more value in that period.
During his participation in the II Digital Forum of Peruvian Mango, Manuel Michel, executive director of the National Mango Board (NMB) said that the most consumed varieties in the US market are the Tommy Atkins (37%), Kent (27.7%), Ataulfo (19%), Keitt (11.1%), Haden (2.9%), and Francis (1.8%) mangoes.
“US mango consumption is increasing each year and it currently stands at 3.66 pounds per person,” he said.
The US' main mango suppliers
Mexico is the main supplier of mango to the United States. In 2021 it exported 330,000 tons of mango to this destination and accounted for 63% of US mango imports. Mexico exports mango to the US from January to October. It was followed by Peru with 74,000 tons that it dispatched from December to March and that accounted for 14% of US imports. Ecuador ranked third with 52,000 tons and shipments between October and December (10%).
Brazil ranked fourth with 45,000 tons and exports from September to November (9%), followed by Guatemala with 16,000 tons that it sends from February to May (2%). Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Australia, and Jamaica also supply the US market and together exported 16,000 tons of mango to the US, accounting for 3% of all mango imports.
"Peru's growth in the last five to six years has been more constant than before. The interesting thing is that the value it generates is higher than in any other country. In the last 16 years, its export volume has grown by 99%, going from 8.5 million boxes to 16.9 million boxes. The value of its exports has increased by 252%. This is due to the varieties it exports, their quality, and destination market,” said the director of the NMB.